Croi heart & stroke charity scoops three national healthcare awards


Croí and its subsidiary, the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health took home three top awards at the National Healthcare Awards this month.

Now in their 18th year, the Irish Healthcare Awards recognise innovation and excellence in the Irish healthcare sector.

Croi, based in Newcastle, is the leading non-profit in the west for issues related to stroke, heart attacks, and all round cardiovascular health.

It and the NIPC won the top prize in the Best Research Paper, Best Student Research Project, and Best Public Health Initiative categories.

Speaking about the awards, Croí CEO Neil Johnson said, “this is great recognition for the innovative work being undertaken here in the west of Ireland.

“These awards are a huge endorsement of the dedication and commitment of all our health team and of all  those who support us, as sponsors, volunteers and partners.”

“We are delighted to win these three prestigious national awards which presented Galway and the west of Ireland in such a positive light.”

The Best Research Paper award was for a systematic review of low dose Aspirin in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease conducted by Prof Bill McEvoy at the NIPC.

The Student Research Project was a study of severe obesity as a barrier to international travel.

And the Public Health Initiative was a partnership with the Galway County Local Community Development Committee which delivered a ‘Healthy Islands Roadshow’ together with 24 other Health and Wellbeing events throughout county Galway.

The Excellent in Healthcare Management Award also came to Galway as it won by the Mervue based Qpercom Ltd and NUI Galway.

Their award was based on a research paper co-authored by 8 collaborating universities, titled “Cross-institutional OSCE Quality Assurance as part of an EU assessment strategy; are we equipped for it?”

“Comparing European Assessment Strategies for clinical skills assessment is a great achievement of the current 8 collaborating universities in our mutual paper.

“Variance in decision making around assessment exists and this collaborative network provides a real opportunity to create collaborative EU standards in educational decision making in Medical Education” says Dr Rosemary Geoghegan of NUIG, a co-author of the paper.